How to Fix the Internet Explorer Iexplore.Exe Download

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How to Fix the Internet Explorer Iexplore.Exe Download
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Microsoft Internet Explorer allows for user-friendly, free web browsing. However, the file is not always user-friendly right off the bat. When you first download the Internet Explorer Iexplore.exe file, you may experience some technical bugs and error messages. Luckily, you can fix common Iexplore.exe download problems with just a few clicks.

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    Click on the “Start" menu. Commonly, a newly downloaded Iexplore.exe file can cause problems if it is not located in the right directory. If you try to open Internet Explorer and receive the message “Windows Cannot Find Iexplore.exe,” you may simply need to relocate the file in order to fix this Iexplore.exe download issue.

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    Click on the empty “Search” field located at the bottom of the Start menu. This is the easiest way to find the missing file.

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    Type “Iexplore” in the search field. Do not hit the “Enter” key. The results will appear automatically without any keystrokes.

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    Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon that appears near the top of the list of search results.

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    Click on “Open File Location.” This will pop open a new window that shows you where the Iexplore.exe file is located. According to Microsoft, the missing file error message occurs if the Iexplore.exe file has been moved.

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    Click on the file and then hold down the “Ctrl” and “C” keys.

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    Double-click on the hard drive icon on the left side of the screen. The icon for your primary hard drive is usually labelled as “Local Disk (C:).”

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    Double-click on “Program Files.”

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    Double-click on “Internet Explorer.”

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    Press down the “Ctrl” and “V” keys. This will paste the Iexplore.exe file into the appropriate directory, allowing you to properly use your Iexplore.exe download.

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    Open Internet Explorer by double-clicking on your Iexplore.exe download. If you are experiencing other error messages related to the recently downloaded Iexplore.exe file, you can usually fix these errors with simple update patches and a Windows command prompt sequence. In the case of glitches, such as pages that “freeze,” broken links or other operating issues, chances are you just need to update your Iexplore.exe file with the latest patches. Updates are done right from the main Internet Explorer window.

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    Click on the “Safety” menu. This is usually located near the top right side of the screen.

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    Click on “Windows Update” from the Safety menu. This will trigger an automatic update for Windows and all Microsoft products, including Microsoft Internet Explorer. With the latest patches for Windows and Internet Explorer installed, your browsing should be much less buggy. However, some error messages may linger until you follow the next steps to “kill” old, buggy Internet Explorer operations that may be slowing down your system.

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    Click on the “Start" menu, click on “All Programs,” click on “Accessories,” and then click on “Command Prompt.” This will open a DOS-based command window.

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    Type in the following command, as recommended by the website EXE-Errors, in order to kill buggy Iexplore.exe download operations:

    taskkill /F /IM iexplore.exe

    Press “Enter” to execute the command. Once it is executed, you shouldn’t experience any problems with your Iexplore.exe file download.

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